Serco Progresso/PHP related query, can anyone help?
Me and my colleague are VTLE Developers at The Radclyffe School in Oldham, Manchester.
The Radclyffe School currently uses Serco Facility as our MIS, we we’re due to move to Progresso around June/July, however I now know this has been put back to the October Half Term at the earliest.
We have a number of applications that rely on the interrogation of school/student data that were put in place by a previous developer (these are standalone programs that are part of a wider ‘school intranet’). Myself and my colleague will be responsible for updating these applications in accordance with the data move. Progresso have provided us with their Web Service API documentation which states the methods we’d need to use in order to get at the school data. The Web Service is Microsoft/ C#.NET based and thus the examples given in the documentation, of course, use C# .NET as the language of demonstration. However, all of our existing applications have been written in PHP.
At present, neither myself or my colleague are well versed in C# .NET. We know that it is possible to connect to the API using PHP as it uses SOAP, so we're assuming that the PHP application will act as a client of the Web Service. We’ve worked through a few PHP Web Services tutorials in preparation but in terms of the specifics of connecting to this particular API, we have no idea.
There doesn't seem to be any documentation or even vague guidelines as to how to proceed, and we’ve tried contacting Progresso who are unable to provide any information.
I was just wondering if or anyone out there has done this or something similar before? Perhaps you are doing it or exploring it right now? If so, would you be prepared to share your insights with us?